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American Airlines Receives Delivery of New Boeing 737-800s

New Boeing 737-800s Delivery Overview

American Airlines is taking an important step toward its long-term future by taking delivery of two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will enter service in April 2009. The new aircraft are the first of 84 737-800s that will arrive through the first quarter of 2011.

Despite the current challenges facing the airline industry, American continues to focus on a long-term commitment to bringing customers a competitive and enhanced product. The new 737s are an important investment that will benefit valued customers and the communities the airline serves while offering cost, environmental and operational benefits. The new deliveries are just the latest example of American’s investment in products and services to improve the complete customer travel experience.

The new 737s, which will carry up to 160 passengers, arrive with several upgrades and enhancements as well as a different configuration compared to our current 737s. These changes are aimed at improving the customer experience and providing operational benefits – some of which include:

Passenger-Related Cabin Upgrades:

  • Enhanced seating. New First Class and economy class seats (designed specifically for American by Weber Aircraft) provide greater living space and increased customer comfort.
  • More storage. Bigger overhead bins almost double the standard roll-a-board overhead storage capacity.
  • Improved in-flight entertainment. The new in-flight entertainment system features 20 new drop-down LCD monitors and server-based inflight entertainment system providing more entertainment choices and improved reliability.
  • More power. The new planes have additional 110V AC power ports available: two on each side of the aisle in economy class and one at each seat in First Class.
  • WiFi. Over time, all 84 of the new 737-800s will be equipped with Gogo® Inflight Internet service, which will allow passengers to surf the Web, check email and send instant messages conveniently from the air.

Operational Benefits:

  • Lower fuel burn. These aircraft will burn approximately 35 percent less fuel than an MD-80 on a seat-mile basis.
  • Quieter ride. With the addition of Blended Winglets™ and engine advancements, the new aircraft will be quieter than existing 737s and will produce almost three times less noise than an MD-80 on takeoff.
  • Fewer emissions. The new aircraft will provide significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the MD-80 they are replacing.
  • Reduced maintenance. The new 737s will not require a heavy maintenance check for six years after delivery, though they will undergo two light checks every 24 months prior to the six-year mark, saving the airline money on overall maintenance costs.

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